Joined: Sep. 2004
||Posted: Jan. 28 2006,7:06 pm
Let me see if I understand these concepts correctly...
A "Travel Bug" is a specially-marked trinket, marked with a particular destination that it is intended to be shuttled towards by cachers who find it. Right?
And a "Geocoin" is a specially-marked trinket meant to be individually identifiable, so that instead of saying "I got a penny from the cache" you can say "I got GeoCoin#5551212 from the cache". (Plus, you can then see where the "bug" or "coin" has gone kind of like "wheresgeorge.com" does, or "bookscrossing", for that matter).
Or, in short, a "travel bug" is a cache item that you want to track where it is, whereas a "geocoin" is a cache item that you want to track who has it.
That's it, right? Why do these concepts seem to have gotten proprietized? As far as I can tell, in both cases the purpose is just to have some kind of ID so that the specially-marked trinket can be tracked, right? Just how much does it cost to stick an automatically-generated sequential number into a database?...
(I've got some thoughts here, but want to see if I really understand what I'm talking about here before I go on...)
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